The Politics of Child Abuse in America
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The Politics of Child Abuse in America

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The recent surge in reports of child abuse has led Costin, Karger, and Stoesz to examine whether our current responses to the problem are adequate. In this book they trace the cultural, social, and legal factors that have shaped the history of child abuse and responses to it since the 1870s. The public response to child abuse is detailed, from the creation of the first Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the late 19th century, to the relative consignment of child abuse cases to the courts in the early to mid 20th century, and finally to the clinical, individual-level approaches introduced in the 1960s and still practised today.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 149.9 x 231.1 x 15.2mm | 249.48g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195116682
  • 9780195116687
  • 1,986,288

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Costin et al have provided a fascinating account of the development of child abuse politics in America. * Labour Campaign for Criminal Justice Newsletter no 49 *show more

About Lela B. Costin

Lela B. Costin is Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois. Howard Jacob Karger is Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston. David Stoesz is Professor of Social Work at San Diego State University.show more

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This book is extremely well-written and readable. It is powerful at the same time that it is scholarly and intellectually honest. The author provide a clear, integrated, conceptual historical perspective on the rise of the current child welfare system. They explain the concepts that have guided the system, past and present, and develop an overarching interpretive framework that fits the facts well while accounting for how the system has evolved toward the crisis that it is presently in. The authors jump right into today's heated debates, and emerge with their own unique entry to the current field of proposals for restructuring the system.show more

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